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Fri February 16, 2018

After participating in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Senate Lobby Day in January, PLASTICS staff joined over 150 representatives from the business community on February 14 to lobby 270 members of the House of Representatives and their staffs on NAFTA’s importance. 

As a part of these efforts, representatives from manufacturing, agriculture, technology and financial services visited Congressional offices, highlighting the wide range of support for NAFTA and sharing the consequences that a withdrawal would pose for companies, workers, supply chains and consumers. 

Members of Congress continue to engage the Trump Administration on the need to continue NAFTA and there is widespread agreement that the renegotiation between the United States, Mexico and Canada should focus on modernizing the nearly 25-year-old agreement. 

President Trump continues to meet with senators and representatives regarding NAFTA and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has held closed-door meetings with all members of the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee on the matter.

The seventh round of negotiations begins on February 25 in Mexico City and will continue through March 5.  The negotiations will stretch into the second quarter of 2018 with an eighth round to be held in Washington.  

PLASTICS continues its outreach to the Trump Administration and Capitol Hill in support of a modernized NAFTA.